He pre-planned birthday messages to his daughter
A 21-year-old girl took to Twitter to share a picture of the flowers her father sent her for her birthday. A nice gesture in any circumstance, but it becomes infinitely more meaningful when you learn that her father died before her sixteenth birthday.
Before he passed, he arranged for birthday flowers to be sent to his daughter – for five years.
My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre payed flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy. 💜 pic.twitter.com/vSafKyB2uO
— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 24, 2017
Bailey Sellers shared the picture of the flowers, a pic of she and her dad at the beach from years ago, and a shot of the note her dad sent letting her know it was the last time she’d hear from him “until [they] meet again.”
The tweet that accompanied the photos reads:
“My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre payed flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy. 💜”
In the note, her dad told her he’d be watching every milestone, to respect her mom and stay true to herself, all lessons every good dad teaches his kids, hopefully while they’re still alive. But Bailey’s dad’s commitment to his daughter truly went the extra mile, and Twitter agrees.
In just two days, the tweet has over 1.4 million likes and more than 330,000 retweets. The attention must be bittersweet for Bailey herself, who later referred to the photo of her dad’s note as “probably the hardest thing I’ve ever read.”
Twitter was there for Bailey, and has major props for her dad.
idk you but seeing this made me tear up, I’m so sorry for your loss, this is both sad and heartwarming that he did that for you— snow mexican (@thesn0wmexican) November 24, 2017
“Just look around and there I will be” So powerful ❤️ https://t.co/tuk6WT1iii— Kiara the Brewers fan (@kschottt) November 25, 2017
Dear Bailey. IDK you IRL but wanted to wish you Happy Birthday. You already know this but your Daddy was an amazing man. A father's love for his daughter is the gift of a lifetime. How lovely he honors you in such a way. Best to you in all you endeavor.— Principessa Sandra (@bobswife64) November 25, 2017
this is the DEFINITION of a real man and father, thinking less of themselves and more of showing love even when time doesn’t allow it. I can only hope to have a man in my life like this ♥️ warms my heart to see this https://t.co/5a4CpAk8vi— Brie Gutowski (@gutowski_brie) November 25, 2017
Hope I can be this good of a father one day 🙏🏼— Duffy (@Mikeduffy42) November 25, 2017
Don’t we all.